Martin (Ole Giæver) has planned a weekend away from his wife and his kid: just he on his own with his thought in the wilderness, hiking up a mountain, giving him space to reflect on his life and whether he actually wants to continue in that way or if he’d rather fuck the hiking store shopkeeper.
Mot Naturen is another of those films about the fragility of the male ego in a modern world – like Turist. But unlike most of these films, I did like Mot Naturen. Reduced to the bare essentials of one man and his inner monologue out in nature, it manages to feel more honest and less artificial than most of the films of its kind.
After a very unfortunate and very public incidence involving his horse, police man Salmander (Zahid Ali) gets relocated to the town Hellfjord where everything is just a little fishy. And that is not only because of the fish factory Hellfish, run by Bosse Nova (Thomas Hanzon). Soon Salmander literally stumbles on a body and teams up with local journalist Johanne (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) to solve the town’s mysteries.
There is a lot that I enjoyed about Hellfjord but there are also elements that didn’t work for me at all. The end result is a very mixed bag of beans.